SEC action here as the Georgia Bulldogs host the Ole Miss Rebels. Both teams have been treading water, as Ole Miss enters this one at 9-9 while Georgia sits at 11-7. Ole Miss has lost six straight games entering this one, and oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as a sizable favorite as a result. It'll be televised by the SEC Network.
Ole Miss In Middle Of CollapseOle Miss has been having a tough time recently to say the least. They had a resurgent season last year, making it to the NCAA Tournament as an eight-seed. They got smoked in the first round, so they entered this campaign with a big chip on their shoulder. They got off to a decent start, but have since completely collapsed and are riding a six-game losing streak entering this one. Other than a win over Penn State, they haven't beaten a single good team. They still haven't won an SEC game, and unless they get things turned around quickly they won't be headed back to March Madness.
Oddsmakers continue to overestimate them, however, as they are just 0-7-1 against the spread in their last eight contests. They haven't won a road game all season, and each of their last four road losses have been by at least ten points. In their most recent game, they got slaughtered by Tennessee, losing by 25 points and only putting up 48. The offense as a whole has been struggling, and they are connecting on only 31.3 percent of their threes as a team. They are also dealing with a significant injury, as Luis Rodriguez is sidelined indefinitely with a foot issue. He had been averaging 22.4 minutes per game. In their most recent game, they shot only 30.2 percent from the field, and there isn't a clear end in sight to their struggles.
Georgia Up And DownGeorgia has been having an interesting season. They are coming off a really tough year in which they went just 11-21, but they got some great news this offseason. Despite the program's recent struggles, they were able to land five-star wing Anthony Edwards, one of the top recruits in the nation. The addition instantly added a ton of excitement to the program, and things have certainly been better. They enter this one at 11-7, already equaling their win total from last season. Edwards has certainly lived up to the hype, as he enters this one averaging 18.9 points per game. He'll be an early draft pick in June.
When Anthony Edwards simply chooses to use his explosiveness and footwork, his scoring potential shines. No one else in the class can do what he can pic.twitter.com/L5atPT3v36— Max Carlin (@maxacarlin) January 22, 2020
The Bulldogs have lost three of their last four games, but all three of those losses were on the road against tough teams. They dominated Tennessee by 17 in their most recent home game, and they've been much better at home overall this year. That's the same Tennessee team that just crushed Ole Miss. Georgia has some very impressive efforts this season, like when they beat a highly ranked Memphis team on the road. They have a good amount of length, as four of their top seven scorers are at least 6'5. They will need to win a few road games eventually if they want to make it to the postseason, but this team could make some noise in the SEC down the stretch. They've certainly got a lot of talent.
Trends, courtesy of Covers.com: Bulldogs are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record